September sizzled to records and was so much warmer than average scientists call it ‘mind-blowing’


The Associated Press — After a summer of record-smashing heat, warming somehow got even worse in September as Earth set a new mark for how far above normal temperatures were, the European climate agency reported Thursday.

Last month’s average temperature was 0.93 degrees Celsius (1.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 1991-2020 average for September.

That’s the warmest margin above average for a month in 83 years of records kept by the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Climate Change Service.

“It’s just mind-blowing really,” said Copernicus Director Carlo Buontempo. “Never seen anything like that in any month in our records.”

While July and August had hotter raw temperatures because they are warmer months on the calendar, September had what scientists call the biggest anomaly, or departure from normal. Temperature anomalies are crucial pieces of data in a warming world.

“This is not a fancy weather statistic,” Imperial College of London climate scientist Friederike Otto said in an email. “It’s a death sentence for people and ecosystems. It destroys assets, infrastructure, harvest.”

Copernicus calculated that the average temperature for September was 16.38 degrees Celsius (61.48 degrees Fahrenheit), which broke the old record set in September 2020 by a whopping half-degree Celsius (0.9 degrees Fahrenheit).

That’s a huge margin in climate records.


The hot emperatures stretched across the globe but they were chiefly driven by persistent and unusual warmth in the world’s oceans, which didn’t cool off as much in September as normal and have been record hot since spring, said Buontempo.

Earth is on track for its hottest year on record, about 1.4 degrees Celsius (2.5 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than pre-industrial times, according to Samantha Burgess, Copernicus’ deputy director.

This past September was 1.75 degrees Celsius (3.15 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the mid-1800s, Copernicus reported. The world agreed in 2015 to try to limit future warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) warming since pre-industrial times.

The global threshold goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius is for long-term temperature averages, not a single month or year. But scientists still expressed grave concern at the records being set.

“What we’re seeing right now is the backdrop of rapid global warming at a pace that the Earth has not seen in eons coupled with El Nino, natural climate cycle” that’s a temporary warming of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes weather worldwide, said U.S. climate scientist Jessica Moerman, who is also president of the Evangelical Environmental Network. “This double whammy together is where things get dangerous.”

A person rests under an umbrella as the sun sets, Sept. 12, 2023, in Newport Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Ryan Sun)

Though El Nino is playing a part, climate change has a bigger footprint in this warmth, Buontempo said.

“There really is no end in sight given new oil and gas reserves are still being opened for exploitation,” Otto said.

“If you have more record hot events, there is no respite for humans and nature, no time to recover.”

Buontempo said El Nino is likely to get warmer and cause even higher temperatures next year.





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  1. And was Frederick Otto reading AIR temperature or GROUND temperature to get these findings and statistical information?

    A recent weather report on a Main Stream Media outlet [*cough (B) *cough (B) *cough (C)] was shown to be very misleading by a highly prominent Meteorologist, who corrected the MSM weather forecaster, with the fact that they were actually showing the watching public the HIGHER ground temperature figures, and not the much LOWER reading of AIR temperatures.


  2. Make sure you drink enough water
    My people!
    And go to the beach and cool down!
    Global warming is real!!

  3. The Summer felt fine to me! I definitely enjoyed my backyard garden oasis, of 14ft sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias, gladiolus, dalias, lilies, calla lilies, amaranth(spinach), birds of several varieties, butterflies mostly the Baltimore checkerspot, the bees, daffodils, preying mantises, basils etc.
    The #Flora_N_Fauna, is the ESSENCE, of Nature’s symbiotic relationships!

    Global_Warming and or Climate_Change, choose your poison, as to which propaganda is gonna eat away at your brains, like the flesh eating amoeba!

    Could you please pass da_Kutchee pan de left hand side?

    Ras Smood aka Jumbee_Picknee
    De ‘ole Dutty Peg🦶🏿Garrat_Bastard

    Vere C. Edwards

  4. Whether or not man-made climate change is real, we should all take care of the planet and try to live in harmony with nature. There is no reason we can’t live a modern life without tearing down all the trees etc. We just have to pursue development in an environmentally sustainable way. We should also quickly adapt to the current circumstances e.g. quickly provide cooling solutions (fans, ac etc.) to current workplaces and schools, build new buildings with natural cooling in mind, implement new alternative energy systems, and plant a few more trees.

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